Race—The Power of an Illusion: The House We Live In (Part III)

Friday, Oct 09, 2020 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm


Join us Friday, October 9 from 11am to 1pm PT for a screening of Part III of Race—The Power of an Illusion followed by a one-hour panel discussion with experts!

The film screening and panel discussion will happen at: racepowerofanillusion.org/events/

The documentary will not be screened on Facebook. However, the panel discussion that follows the screening will be live-streamed on this page, as well as on UC Berkeley’s Facebook page.

Note: Members of the UC Berkeley community can access the documentary series at any time for free through Kanopy using CalNet authentication. If you are a member of another university or public library click here to access the documentary.

Event Schedule

Screening: 11:00am – 12:00pm PT

Panel: 12:00 pm – 1:00pm PT

Event Description

This event will consist of a one-hour screening of the award-winning docuseries Race—The Power of an Illusion: The House We Live In (Part III), followed by a one-hour live-streamed panel discussion. The video and panel will explore issues of racial formation and citizenship as they unfolded in the early 20th Century in the US. They will examine the creation of “whiteness” as a new racial category that collapsed diverse ethnic European immigrants into one group, replacing the focus on racialized differences between Europeans to differences between whites and non-whites.

“Whiteness” became critical as the legal standard for full American citizenship excluded all people of color in the US including Japanese and South Asian populations. The video and panel will also consider the implications of whiteness and racial discrimination in the construction of legazlied housing segregation in post-War World II America. Housing discrimination helped create concentrated poverty in cities as well as the great wealth differentials between African Americans and whites that persist today in neighborhood and institutional segregation that constitute contemporary racial injustice. Finally, the discussion will turn to what can be done to dismantle systemic racism and economic inequality.

Expert panelists for the event include Jason Corburn (Professor of Public Health/City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley), Michael Omi (Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies and Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies at UC Berkeley), john a. powell (Director, Othering & Belonging Institute and Professor of Law, African American Studies, and Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley), and Leti Volpp (Professor of Law and Faculty Director at Center for Race & Gender at UC Berkeley) with moderator Rachel Morello-Frosch (Professor of Public Health/Environmental Science, Policy and Management at UC Berkeley).

To view the previous events in this series, as well as more details and resources, please visit the film website: https://www.racepowerofanillusion.org/events/

Event sponsors: Othering & Belonging Institute, UC Berkeley School of Public Health, Center for Research on Social Change, Center for Race and Gender

Event contact: Marc Abizeid, marcabizeid@berkeley.edu

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